Fernando Torres says his time at Chelsea was like “swimming in wet clothes”

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Things didn’t go swimmingly for Fernando Torres during his time at Chelsea.

His transfer from Liverpool to the Blues was the most expensive in English football at the time, only to see his production rate plummet before eventually being sold to Milan.

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Now on loan with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, Torres is trying to regain his form as one of the top strikers in Europe.

Just before scoring the game-winning penalty kick in Atletico’s victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday, Torres spoke to Spanish newspaper El Pais on the past few years of his career.

The doubts (of Atletico fans) were understandable because people did not see the English league, or the short time I was at Milan. They read the statistics, and they were not always the same.

The worst part of not playing is when you think you’re prepared and ready to do it. I tried to get minutes at Chelsea and seize opportunities, but things do not always go the best way, and can drag on for weeks or even years.

It was like swimming with wet clothes on. Now I know how I am, and I’m fine. At the end those doubts about your quality eventually disappear.”

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In the end, the split between Torres and Chelsea worked out well for both parties. The Blues are primed for a Premier League title and Torres seems much happier to be back home in Madrid.

Despite only scoring three times since his move to Atletico in January, Torres could prove all the doubters wrong if he helps his club continue their roll in the Champions League.